Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy | Family Love Inspiration Education
Linking-up with the Style Me gals to share some homemade, handmade, DIY project we have created. I am always one of the last ones to post when we do a link-up, not intentionally but I have to mull over our theme for an unreasonable amount of time until I have an Ah-ha moment. Or an Ah-oh moment…I am out of time!
First let me say HI to my bff Sharon. I was working on this while we were texting back and forth. She was at Target and sending me pics of the pretty spring things her store has. I was bemoaning the fact that my store was naked of anything spring-like. Love you, Sharonia!!
Back to the business at hand.
My immediate thought for this link-up was to post pictures of my two beautiful daughters on their birth-days and then now, and say…
But that seemed too easy. And I can’t honestly take total credit for Brennyn and Lauren, I guess. Almost, but not quite.
So instead I am going to feature the evolution of my very first acrylic painting (since college days). It wasn’t homemade but Hobby Lobby-made because that’s where I have gone to paint. It is definitely handmade because I don’t paint with my feet, teeth or trunk. And it was DIM rather DIY because I Did It Myself.
Here we go.
Paul bought me an easel, paints, brushes, and canvases as a retirement gift. I was touched but terrified by that thoughtful present. What if I tried to paint and I messed up? Then again, wasn’t I an art (ed) major in college (only 35 years ago?). I can still ride a bike (and I learned to do that 50 years ago!).
All the while, my paints and my easel gathered a six month layer of dust while I tried to get up courage to paint.
Then I saw that Hobby Lobby was offering “lessons” and I signed up. I think what Martha, the HL instructor, offers is less like instruction and more like encouragement. And with her boost to my self-esteem, I started my first painting.
I had decided to use an old photograph of my daughters sitting in a field of poppies at the foot of the Franklin Mountains, near our home.
So I guess they are a part of this DIM (and almost everything else I do).
That first day, I kind of jumped right in. Primed the canvas with a kind of ochre color, set in my mountains, then used chalk to add my daughters then hesitatingly began adding paint.
I think it was two weeks before I got the courage to go to class again. Here is a picture from the next lesson. I jumped in with both feet that day. Got a little wild working on the mountains.
We went on vacay, and I didn’t go back to paint until August. (It is a wonder I ever finished!)
From August, I took a real hiatus from painting. I think I got busy subbing, and doing Young Rembrandts for awhile and didn’t really go to painting class. I am sure I went once or twice but not much more than that.
These photos are from February 8 and February 18, 2015. The poppies just started getting brighter and more lush. I tried to work a little on the girls’ jeans. And Martha helped me thin out my clouds some. Then I was done!
I waited til frames went on 50% off at HL and found the perfect one. Then I waited til PC went to work to hang my painting in the den. He always insists on finding a stud in the wall before we decide where to hang pictures. But I tend to think a picture doesn’t look right hanging 5 feet off the ground just because there was a stud in the wall at that point.
So, that is my little DIM. I have started working on a second painting of the beach from our Cancun vacation. And I am working on a glass mosaic table top. I will spare you pictures of those and save them in case we do a similar link-up down the road.
Now I need to quick look like I have been getting something done around the house before PC comes home. Shhh, don’t tell him that I have been goofing on with you.
Hugs and kisses,